A few statistics about Shiraz: As a variety it occupies 28% of vineyard area in Australia. It was one of the original varieties imported to Australia in the 1830’s and it is planted in every wine region in Australia (at least every one I can think of!!).
When people think of Australian wine they automatically think of Shiraz.
Why then the name Syrah? Syrah is what the French call Shiraz and this wine is made in a traditional Old World style, using 3000L oak vessel for fermentation and then maturation in traditional 1200L oval oak foudres. This allows for both a pure expression of the rich fruit and spicy aromatics of Australian Shiraz as well as the development of the savouriness and texture reminiscent of Syrah. A truly delicious wine.
“Fruit off the Malakoff vineyard in the Pyrenees, this is concentrated and intense with an astonishing dark-purple colour and fragrance - a very good wine. Full-bodied, supple, plentiful tannins, some sweet-sour acid drops and loads of spicy fruit.” 94 points, Jane Faulkner, James Halliday Wine Companion
“It’s labelled as syrah but it offers a sizeable burst of sweet, concentrated fruit flavour. The bloom of ripe berried flavour here is significant. Spice, woodsmoke, peppercorn and floral characters all have a healthy say, as indeed does cedary oak, the latter beautifully integrated. Tannin is fine, ultra so.” 93 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front